We’re old enough to remember the spread of “post-election selection trauma” after George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, and it didn’t take long after the election of Donald Trump for pieces to be published about how women were deciding they could no longer date (“there is no room for dating in this place of grief”), dying their hair black or cutting it off in mourning, or simply crying for days in the shower, in the car, everywhere.

And that before Trump was even inaugurated.

Now, a year-and-a-half later, The Hill has picked up on a piece from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on an increase in patients claiming to suffer Trump Anxiety Disorder.

The Hill reports:

Elisabeth LaMotte, the founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C., told CBC that there is a “collective anxiety” among her patients related to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies.

“There is a fear of the world ending,” she said. “It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”

She said that Trump critics whom she treats exhibit similar behavior to patients who have a parent with a personality disorder.

“Whether it’s conscious or not, I think we look to the president of the United States as a psychological parent,” LaMotte said.

We’re no psychologists, but we’d humbly suggest as a first step not looking at the president as a psychological parent. Sorry, Chris Rock, but he’s not “like the dad of our country” — he works for us.

Another symptom of Trump Anxiety Disorder is spending excessive time on social media, for which we can think of another easy fix.

Seriously, people, how many years are we gonna stretch this out? Trust us, you don’t want to know how many people were downright anxious to admit in the responses that they had Trump Anxiety Disorder, because they’re certain he’s going to, for example, cancel the midterm elections before ending the world.

Definitely unplug your TV is CNN is on it; how many times do we have to see “news stories” like this one?


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